Composting Initiative

The Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative adopted the Composting Initiative to further resolve the sources of litter and trash in the region. Similar to the multi-faceted approach the Trash Initiative uses to solve the regional trash and litter issues, the Composting Initiative will work to promote composting through model legislation, expert advice on policy, facility outreach and industry networking. View Trash Summit Notes

There are three main reasons that ultimately tie composting to litter prevention and our goal of a Trash Free Potomac:

  1. Litter prevention and abatement is part of a complete solid waste management system. A sustainable and functioning solid waste management system should include composting, otherwise known as organics recycling.
  2. Many everyday items that end up as litter are actually compostable. By providing the infrastructure, proper disposal can be achieved of many items; including compostable products that replace polystyrene (Styrofoam)- polystyrene is commonly found in litter because it blows away easily and is not recyclable.
  3. By promoting composting and supporting its infrastructure, there will be greater material resource awareness (the source of consumer goods) and how to dispose of them. This greater awareness leads to preventing litter and reducing waste because people adopt the proper disposal method and realize the negative impact their litter has on the environment and their community.

In a combined effort to increase composting infrastructure throughout the region, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (MWCOG) and the Institute of Local Self Reliance (ILSR),  co-sponsor a Composting Taskforce. This taskforce is made up of industry leaders, composting experts, and advocates.

For more information regarding the Composting Initiative and Taskforce, please contact us at [email protected].


2012 Trash Summit Notes and Presentations

  • Greg Evanylo, Professor and Extension Specialist , Soil Environmental Quality, Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – Exploring the environmental benefits of using compost in construction and landscaping. View presentation
  • Ann English, RainScapes Program Coordinator, Montgomery County, Maryland – Implementing and promoting compost use to managing stormwater. View presentation
  • David McDonald, Resource Conservation Planner, Seattle Public Utilities – Taking lessons from Soils for Salmon on how to involve key stakeholders and successfully get compost adopted into policy. Joined us remotely. View presentation
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